A. H. Parker statue
The statue was sculpted by Brian R. Owens who was commissioned by the Birmingham, Alabama Board of Education for display in the lobby of the renovated school, but was ultimately placed on a pedestal on the front lawn of the building, surrounded by a wrought iron fence to protect it from vandalism. In 2015 new Birmingham City Schools superintendent Kelley Castlin-Gacutan directed the fence, which gave the appearance of a cage, to be removed.
The statue carries a bronze clipboard that contains an excerpt from a speech given by Arthur H. Parker to the Alabama State Teachers Association in Mobile, Alabama in 1906 shortly after being elected as its President.
"Real teaching is from the soul not from the mouth, and what the teacher is, develops and grows in his pupils. The boys and girls of today must draw in deep and holy inspirations and form noble and lofty ideals. The profession of teaching needs the best product that the race produces. It needs men and women who are morally, mentally and physically strong and sound."
- Hudson, Darrell (August 16, 2013) "Parker's New Leadership Brings a New Focus: School Unveils New Initiatives and A. H. Parker Statue" press release, bhamcityschools.org
- Archibald, John (October 15, 2015) "Legendary Alabama educator is free at last." The Birmingham News